AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label Sons of Erin: 50 Years
Date Aired or Published Dec 12, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBCNL
Name of Program: Here & Now
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Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
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Running time (TV/Radio): 11:12

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

In 1968, Ralph O'Brien hopped on a plane from his native Dublin and arrived in Toronto, Canada, bringing his love of Irish traditional music with him. He started a band called "Sons of Erin" (Erin being Gaelic for Ireland), and began a career that is still going strong 50 years later. O'Brien and his music found a home in St. John's, NL, where Sons of Erin helped to transform the music scene, paving the way for bands like Great Big Sea, Figgy Duff and Irish Descendants. A golden anniversary is an incredibly rare thing in the music business, and CBCNL decided the story had to be told. Over the course of 2018, Reporter Zach Goudie conducted interviews with O'Brien and his bandmates, attended concerts and rehearsals, and met with musical royalty like Alan Doyle, Mark Hiscock and Chris Andrews, all of whom consider O'Brien to be an important influence. Weaving together stories, songs and archival material, Goudie created a comprehensive and era-spanning report, and in doing so, ensured that O'Brien's immense contributions to the province's musical culture would be recognized and celebrated.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Reporter Zach Goudie worked on this story in small increments from March to December of 2018. Along the way, camera operators Mark Cumby, Darryl Murphy and Ted Dillon joined him for filming. Goudie spent a week in December crafting the finished report, and released the completed work on December 12.

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